EquityCancer-LA adopts a participatory, interdisciplinary, mixed-methods research approach to evaluate a complex intervention. The design is two-pronged:
a) a quasi-experimental design (controlled before and after) with a network of intervention health services and a control network to evaluate the intervention;
b) a case study design using multiple sources of evidence, to analyse access to early cancer diagnosis.
The research is conducted in three Latin American countries (Chile, Colombia and Ecuador) with different types of health systems. In each country, two comparable health service networks have been selected; one for intervention and one for control.
EquityCancer-LA is carried out with full adherence to international conventions and declarations, current European Union legislation and the ethical regulations, data protection and professional code of conduct of each of the countries involved.
The project, focused on the most vulnerable populations in socio-economic terms, has a duration of five years (May 2021-April 2026) and is developed in four phases:
Phase 1: Analysis of delays, related factors and contextual barriers to early cancer diagnosis (baseline).
Phase 2: Adaptation and implementation of the intervention in health service networks under real-life conditions.
Phase 3: Evaluation of the interventions in each country.
Phase 4: Cross-country comparative analysis.
The timeline of the project can be downloaded here aquí